So you've written your book.
... and it might just need a little bit of TLC.
What you need now is to find someone you can trust to shape your manuscript into a page-turner.
That's exactly what we aim to be here at The Plottery.
Because you need the right person to handle your project. We believe editing should be tailored to your vision and purpose, and so it's super important to us that you trust your editor and feel comfortable with their input.
Here's what you can expect
out of a polished manuscript from The Plottery's Editors
We point out observations as a reader and a writer - does your plot work? Are your characters believable? Are your chapters working? And we leave advice to fix any potential issues we notice.
COPY & LINE EDITING
We get into the nitty gritty of your writing style, to improve your sentence structure & readability. We also take some time to look over your formatting and general chapter structure.
We fix all the spelling mistakes, grammar issues, typos or wrong punctuation, make sure your style is consistent, clean and polished across the whole book.
Meet our editors!
Hi, I’m Jasmina! (she/her)
I’m a fiction writer and poet, as well as an editor.
Who Am I?
This is, as of yet, undetermined, but I’ll lay down the basics for you.
I’m a London native yet, despite having the city at my fingertips, I’ve always been fascinated by the worlds within stories. I’ve also, peculiarly, got an American accent (thanks mum). I wrote my first book or, rather, attempted to write my first book when I was seven. Since then, it’s been hard to keep a pen out of my hand or my fingers from straying to my keyboard.
I studied English Literature and Creative Writing before pursuing my MA in Contemporary Literature at King’s College London.
While doing my undergrad, I also started working for a small publishing house, before, five years later, starting my own publishing company, Little Lion Press. I have six years of editing experience working with a wide variety of genres, from literary fiction to non-fiction to poetry to fantasy.
How’d I get started doing this?
Well, I was that friend that you really wanted to be awake at 2am the night before an essay was due. I quickly realised, from editing friends’ work for university, that I had a knack for critiquing in a way that not only fixed the immediate problem, but helped prevent my friends from making the same mistakes again. I applied for my first position at a publishing house and here we are!
So, what are the different types of editing and which might you need? Click here to find out more!
I write a pretty eclectic mix of stuff, but predominantly I write poetry and fantasy. I published my first anthology, Gallery Tour Through Grey Matter, and fantasy book, Fire of the Blood, with my publishing house in 2021.
What I look for in a manuscript
I’m particularly drawn to literature with accurate depictions of mental illness and trauma, as well as those that touch upon themes of perseverance and found family.
Hi, I'm Beck! (they/them)
Who am I?
I am an American in Edinburgh working on my MA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. I have a BA in Theatre Arts, where I focused primarily on directing and playwriting.
I'm currently drafting my debut novel: a YA fantasy story about a princess who lacks the magical ability she was promised, and a pirate who possesses a power she does not understand or want. I'm an avid reader of fantasy and queer contemporary romance and I'm constantly on the lookout for genre fiction with strong LGBTQ representation.
What I look for in a manuscript
I want to work with writers who are passionate about their projects, whether you're just developing a tiny nugget of an idea or you're deep in the process of drafting. I adore fantasy and queer romance specifically, but any genre work will catch my attention.
"Beck's feedback was instrumental in helping me shape the tension, tone, and pacing of my fantasy horror novel. Their notes were honest and constructive, giving me tangible steps to improve while also highlighting what is working well. I highly recommend consulting Beck for your creative work!"
"Without the help of Beck, my novel would not be where it is now. With their aid, my plot, characterisation, and structure has developed tenfold. Beck acknowledges my strengths, filling me with confidence, while coaching me and guiding me gently through my struggles. Thanks to Beck, my stories are stronger and I am a better, more confident writer."
Choose between: Developmental; Line&Copy; or Proof-reading
Two Edits: Choose two types of edits that best suit your needs
Get all three stages of development
Enquire about your manuscript and connect with one of our editors!